Esko Mikkola

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Esko Olavi Mikkola (born 14 February 1975 in Tampere) is a Finnish javelin thrower.

He won a silver medal at the 2003 Summer Universiade in Daegu and finished eleventh at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He then competed at the 2005 World Championships without reaching the final.

His personal best throw is 84.27 metres, achieved in July 2004 in Nokia.

Javelin throwing is not Mikkola's only claim to fame. His first sport was wrestling which he did for ten years or more and is now exploring the sport of bobsledding.

Esko was a research assistant at The University of Arizona, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and has published numerous papers in the fields of prognostic cells and radiation effects. As of spring 2008, Mikkola has completed his Ph.D and has returned to Finland for the summer to concentrate on training for the 2008 Olympics.

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Finland
1999 Universiade Palma de Mallorca, Spain 8th 75.30 m
2003 Universiade Daegu, South Korea 2nd 75.82 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 11th 79.43 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 21st (q) 72.54 m

Seasonal bests by year[edit]

  • 1992 - 61.36
  • 1993 - 65.72
  • 1994 - 73.32
  • 1996 - 73.32
  • 1997 - 73.34
  • 1998 - 81.86
  • 1999 - 81.61
  • 2000 - 74.06
  • 2001 - 82.48
  • 2002 - 76.60
  • 2003 - 82.02
  • 2004 - 84.27
  • 2005 - 82.14
  • 2006 - 80.05
  • 2007 - 82.34
  • 2008 - 82.83
  • 2009 - 80.08
  • 2010 - 74.80

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